For the first time since they hosted the 2010 Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association Nationals, the TRU WolfPack cross-country team hosted an event.
MacArthur Island was the scene of the dual meet which included the UBC Okanagan Heat and members of the Kamloops Track and Field Team.
“It was a fast and relatively flat course, although there was a strong wind blowing throughout, which had an impact on times,” said WolfPack coach Carmin Mazzotta. “Also impacting times was the fact that the course was a bit long -- the women's 5k was actually about 5.4k and the men's 8k was about 8.5k.
They debuted our current top two female runners, Alesha Miller (Vernon)_ and Rachel Lobay (Kelowna). In the women's race, Lobay took control of the race before the halfway point and pulled away from Alesha and UBC Okanagan's top two runners to finish first overall in 21:23.8. Alesha followed in fourth in 22:02.9, while a pack of three Wolfpack women -- Emma Starko (Tsawwassen), Nicole Vermey (Kamloops, BC) and Christa Miller (Vernon) -- finished within 31 seconds of each other and ran well. Trine Flecks (Voldum, Denmark) and Alison Burnett (Quadra Island)had off days but worked together to round out the team effort. KTFC runner and triathlon standout Sophie Ogilvie was the top female in the high school division and beat many university runners as well. In the team battle, the UBC-Okanagan women just nipped TRU, 26 to 29 (lowest points wins in cross country).
In the men's race, KTFC standout Ty Fuoco crushed the competition to take the 8.5k race in 29:18.4. Wolfpack runners Conlan Sprickerhoff (Williams Lake), Ryan Brown (Ottawa) and Tony Kiprop (Eldoret, Kenya) ran solid races to finish 5th, 7th and 8th overall in 30:55.8, 31:33.4, and 31:49.7. Josef Perszon (Kamloops) and Etienne Lavigne (Russell, Ont.) struggled coming off of sickness and injury respectively, while Adrien Noble (Kingston, Ont.) rounded out the Wolfpack's efforts. As with his younger sister in the women's race, KTFC athlete Josh Ogilvie took first place in the high school division and also took down a solid number of university runners. In the team battle, the UBC-O men handily defeated TRU, 26 to 43.
The Wolfpack XC team have the weekend off from racing over Thanksgiving, and are back in action the following week at the Reino Keski Salmi Memorial in Salmon Arm.